In the old days it was Microsoft Explorer or the highway. Then there was Netscape, then the pandemonium of still other web browsers. And that was before we knew what mobile computing was all about. Nowadays with smart phones all the rage, it is time to think about which browser we really want on our Android mobile computing device. If you are a plain vanilla type of surfer, then do nothing. Your default browser on your Android device is most likely Google Chrome. My device, which runs Ice Cream Sandwich, the quaint moniker for Android 4.0, shows a pic of the globe with the simple description, Browser. But I do have a sneaking suspicion that it is Google’s mobile version of Chrome because after all, what other browser would Google place in their own OS?
Awesome infographic on the Internet browser market share for the period 2008-2011.
I don’t think I’m going to upset too many individuals when I say that Firefox is the SEOs browser of choice. Although it must be said that Google’s Chrome browser does now have some very nice extensions, Firefox has lead the way when it comes to flexibility for a very long time.
There are plugins for almost anything SEO related that you may want to do with your browser but then there are those plugins that nearly all SEOs have. Lets get started with the SearchStatus plugin for Firefox. This is one of the most complete and unobstructive plugins when it comes to the matter of getting all you standard SEO metrics in one place. You can check the page rank, alexa rank, compete rank as well SEOMoz’s mozRank simply from the status bar in graphical or text format. On top of this you will be able to quickly load sites to check your back links, search engine saturation and many other useful bits of information straight from the status bar of Firefox.